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Football: The Process

Recently, I reached out to the highest level of the Villanova University administration: President Father Peter Donohue. The mission was to shed some light on the football upgrade decision -- to know the factors under consideration and shed some light on the decision-making process. What follows is the relevant portion of Father Donohue's reply:

The study is covering a range of areas. It was surprising to me how many factors are actually involved and one decision naturally impacts others. There is a massive amount of information that has been compiled and it would be difficult to share it with everyone. However, I assure that it is comprehensive. Some of the areas we are examining are the following:

  • The implications of a move from FCS to FBS
    • On our present Strategic Plan
    • On our Academic programming and the ratio of Athletic spending to Academic spending
    • The positive or negative effect on the question of National exposure
    • What effect it might have on our Basketball program
    • The need to upgrade playing and practice Facilities
    • Financial issues:
      • Our endowment in comparison to many who participate in the FBS
      • The increased cost of salaries and personnel
      • The necessary upgrade of women’s sports due to title IX requirements
      • Potential expenditures and revenues

Finally the Risks/Rewards that such a move could bring to Villanova.

I have heard many varying opinions on the situation both pro and con. We are working our way through the process.

Thank you again.

Fr. Peter